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Ward Bond

Highest Rated:   100% Rio Bravo (1959)
Lowest Rated:   75% Heroes for Sale (1933)
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American actor Ward Bond was a football player at the University of Southern California when, together with teammate and lifelong chum John Wayne, he was hired for extra work in the silent film Salute (1928), directed by John Ford. Both Bond and Wayne continued in films, but it was Wayne who ascended to stardom, while Bond would have to be content with bit roles and character parts throughout the 1930s. Mostly playing traffic cops, bus drivers and western heavies, Bond began getting better breaks after a showy role as the murderous Cass in John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln (1939). Ford cast Bond in important roles all through the 1940s, usually contriving to include at least one scene per picture in which the camera would favor Bond's rather sizable posterior; it was an "inside" joke which delighted everyone on the set but Bond. A starring role in Ford's Wagonmaster (1950) led, somewhat indirectly, to Bond's most lasting professional achievement: His continuing part as trailmaster Seth Adams on the extremely popular NBC TV western, Wagon Train. No longer supporting anyone, Bond exerted considerable creative control over the series from its 1957 debut onward, even seeing to it that his old mentor John Ford would direct one episode in which John Wayne had a bit role, billed under his real name, Marion Michael Morrison. Finally achieving the wide popularity that had eluded him during his screen career, Bond stayed with Wagon Train for three years, during which time he became as famous for his offscreen clashes with his supporting cast and his ultra-conservative politics as he was for his acting. Wagon Train was still NBC's Number One series when, in November of 1960, Bond unexpectedly suffered a heart attack and died while taking a shower.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Big Game
  • Football Game Bettor
2013
100% Rio Bravo
  • Pat Wheeler
1959
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James
  • Maj. Seth Adams
1959
No Score Yet China Doll
  • Father Cairns
1958
No Score Yet The Wings of Eagles
  • John Dodge
1957
No Score Yet The Halliday Brand
  • Big Dan Halliday
1957
No Score Yet Dakota Incident
  • Sen. Blakely
1956
100% The Searchers
  • Samuel Clayton
1956
No Score Yet A Man Alone
  • Sheriff Gil Corrigan
1955
92% Mister Roberts
  • C.P.O. Dowdy
1955
100% The Long Gray Line
  • Capt. Herman J. Koehler
1955
97% Johnny Guitar
  • John McIvers
1954
No Score Yet Gypsy Colt
  • Frank MacWade
1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter
  • Cole Gardner
1953
86% Hondo
  • Buffalo Baker, Army Indian Scout
1953
No Score Yet Blowing Wild
  • Dutch Peterson
1953
90% The Quiet Man
  • Father Lonergan
1952
100% On Dangerous Ground
  • Walter Brent
1952
No Score Yet Hellgate
  • Lt. Tod Vorhees
1952
No Score Yet Only the Valiant
  • Cpl. Timothy Gilchrist
1951
No Score Yet The Great Missouri Raid
  • Maj. Marshal Trowbridge
1951
No Score Yet Operation Pacific
  • Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
1951
No Score Yet Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  • Insp. Charles Weber
1950
100% Wagon Master
  • Elder Wiggs
1950
No Score Yet Riding High
  • Lee
1950
82% Three Godfathers
  • Perley 'Buck' Sweet
1948
No Score Yet Joan of Arc
  • La Hire
1948
No Score Yet The Time of Your Life
  • McCarthy
1948
No Score Yet Tap Roots
  • Hoab Dabney
1948
100% Fort Apache
  • Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke
1948
86% The Fugitive
  • El Gringo
1947
No Score Yet Unconquered
  • John Fraser
1947
94% It's a Wonderful Life
  • Bert
1946
100% My Darling Clementine
  • Morgan Earp
1946
100% Canyon Passage
  • Honey Bragg
1946
89% They Were Expendable
  • 'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M.
1945
No Score Yet Dakota
  • Jim Bender
1945
No Score Yet Tall in the Saddle
  • 'Judge' Robert Garvey
1944
No Score Yet Home in Indiana
  • Jed Bruce
1944
No Score Yet A Guy Named Joe
  • Al Yackey
1944
No Score Yet The Fighting Sullivans
  • Lieutenant
1944
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous
  • Jimmy
1943
No Score Yet Hello, Frisco, Hello
  • Sharkey
1943
No Score Yet They Came to Blow Up America
  • FBI Chief Craig
1943
No Score Yet Hitler---Dead or Alive
  • Steve Maschik
1942
No Score Yet The Falcon Takes Over
  • Moose Malloy
1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point
  • Scully
1942
100% Gentleman Jim
  • John L. Sullivan
1942
100% The Maltese Falcon
  • Det. Tom Polhaus
1941
85% Sergeant York
  • Ike
1941
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills
  • Wash Gibbs
1941
No Score Yet A Man Betrayed (Citadel of Crime) (Wheel of Fortune)
  • Floyd
1941
No Score Yet Swamp Water
  • Tim Dorson
1941
No Score Yet Tobacco Road
  • Lov Bensey
1941
No Score Yet Manpower
  • Eddie Adams
1941
100% The Long Voyage Home
  • Yank
1940
No Score Yet Kit Carson
  • Ape Eaton
1940
No Score Yet Buck Benny Rides Again
  • Outlaw
1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath
  • Policeman
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail
  • Townley
1940
100% The Mortal Storm
  • Franz
1940
No Score Yet Virginia City
  • Sgt. Sam McDaniel
1940
94% Gone With the Wind
  • Yankee Captain Tom
1939
80% Drums Along the Mohawk
  • Adam Hartman
1939
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny
  • Drifter
1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal
  • Town Marshal
1939
100% Young Mr. Lincoln
  • John Palmer Cass
1939
No Score Yet Return of the Cisco Kid
  • Tough
1939
No Score Yet Confessions of a Nazi Spy
  • American Legionnaire
1939
100% Dodge City
  • Bud Taylor, Surrett's Henchman
1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto in Danger Island
  • Sailor Sam, the Wrestler
1939
No Score Yet Trouble in Sundown
  • Dusty
1939
No Score Yet Made for Each Other
  • Jim Hatton
1939
No Score Yet They Made Me a Criminal
  • Lenihan
1939
91% Son of Frankenstein
  • Gendarme at Gate
1939
No Score Yet The Oklahoma Kid
  • Wes Handley
1939
No Score Yet Going Places
  • Cop
1939
No Score Yet The Cisco Kid and the Lady
  • Walton
1939
No Score Yet The Law West of Tombstone
  • Mulligan
1938
91% You Can't Take It With You
  • Detective
1938
No Score Yet Professor Beware
  • Motorcycle Officer
1938
No Score Yet The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
  • Tug
1938
No Score Yet Prison Break
  • Big Red Kincaid
1938
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Gamble
  • Biff Moran
1938
No Score Yet Hawaii Calls
  • Muller
1938
95% Bringing Up Baby
  • Motorcycle Cop
1938
No Score Yet Born to Be Wild
  • Bill Purvis
1938
No Score Yet Of Human Hearts
  • Lout
1938
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol
  • Olaf Swanson
1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Marco Polo
  • Mongol Guard
1938
No Score Yet Music for Madame
  • Violet, the Henchman
1937
89% Dead End
  • Doorman
1937
94% Topper
  • Car mechanic/salesman
1937
No Score Yet Night Key
  • Finger Man
1937
No Score Yet Park Avenue Logger
  • Paul Sangar
1937
100% You Only Live Once
  • Guard
1937
No Score Yet Escape by Night
  • Peter 'Spudsy' Baker
1937
No Score Yet Conflict
  • Gus "Knockout" Carrigan
1936
No Score Yet Without Orders
  • Tim Casey
1936
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy
  • Officer
1936
No Score Yet Crash Donovan
  • The Drill Master
1936
No Score Yet The Bride Walks Out
  • Taxi Driver
1936
100% Fury
  • Objector
1936
No Score Yet Colleen
  • Cop
1936
No Score Yet We're Only Human
  • Henchman
1935
No Score Yet Last Days of Pompeii
  • Murmex
1935
No Score Yet Little Big Shot
  • Kell's Henchman
1935
No Score Yet Black Fury
  • Mac
1935
No Score Yet The Headline Woman
  • Johnson
1935
No Score Yet G-Men
  • Machine Gunner
1935
No Score Yet Go Into Your Dance
  • Herman Leahy
1935
No Score Yet Devil Dogs of the Air
  • Instructor
1935
No Score Yet Waterfront Lady
  • Jess
1935
No Score Yet Broadway Bill
  • Morgan's henchman
1934
No Score Yet Chained
  • Sailor
1934
98% It Happened One Night
  • Bus Driver
1934
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach )
  • Assistant Coach
1933
88% Wild Boys of the Road (Dangerous Days)
  • Red
1933
75% Heroes for Sale
  • Red
1933
No Score Yet The Sundown Rider
  • Gabe Powers
1933
No Score Yet Virtue
  • Frank
1932
100% The Lost Squadron
  • Soldier
1932
No Score Yet Hello Trouble
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Quick Millions
  • Cop in Montage
1931
100% The Big Trail
  • Sid Bascom
1930
No Score Yet Salute
  • Football Player
1929
No Score Yet Words and Music
  • Ward
1929

Quotes from Ward Bond's Characters